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A Parent's Guide to Their Child's Future

Get the inside scoop on all things college with Paige – Mom and College Planning Expert.

“As both a college planning professional and a mom of a high schooler who is just about to take the plunge into the collegiate pool, I love and can appreciate the personalized approach we take with each client. We don’t believe in a perfect school solution. It’s not that there’s a “perfect” school out there for your child, but instead we like to find a perfect fit in a great program for each teen. The right fit starts the student off on the right foot, and I love helping families and teens find that fit.”

-Paige Chapman-Layland

Questions for Paige

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It’s the most important essay of your high schooler’s life–the college essay… and it can make or break your teen’s college applications. No pressure or anything. Right? That’s what we thought. This time is really stressful for your teen. They’re working so hard on their GPA…and they’re putting together an excellent list of activities and experiences. In previous years, the essay was just one small part of the larger college application. But now? It remains uncertain whether or not schools will remain test-optional for the Class of ‘22. If current trends prevail, the college essay will continue to be a…
By Chris Prculovski, Hannah Laubach, Liana Dickerson, and Emma Mote Working a job in college is a wonderful idea! It can help you pay tuition bills, rent, and even line your pocket with extra spending money. However, there are a…
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As both a college planning professional and mom of a teen, Paige has the inside scoop. Always. By Paige Chapman-Layland Winter break and movie watching seem to go hand-in-hand.  While you could cue up Elf for the 3rd time this…
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Leave it to Harvard, one of the world’s most selective institutions, to help me decide if I’m pressuring my high schooler too much.  (Uh, maybe, since I teased her about the Spanish grade that dropped from 113 to 106 and…
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By Reilly Grealis College Planning Advisor Reilly (from our Upper Arlington Campus) has the scoop on scholarships! The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to start searching for institutional and outside scholarship opportunities!  Searching for scholarships…
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There’s a lot of talk these days about canceling student loan debt. American student loan debt is topping $1.5 trillion. And it’s a problem that’s plaguing a generation of graduates–unable to purchase homes and cars…start families…and do other things they…
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By Paige Chapman-Layland After months of research, paperwork, test study sessions, canceled tests, resume creation, and essays (so.many.essays), all in the midst of the pandemic, your student is…DONE.  They’ve pressed submit, and now, the wait begins.   So, what happens now?…
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Dear Friends of College Liftoff! We are opening a campus in Bexley under the name IN–The College Planning Experts! I wanted to use this “blog space” to write to you directly, both to thank you for your friendship and support…
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Seniors across the country have been working so hard this fall – in new online and blended learning settings, making the best out of new adaptations to their extracurriculars, and especially on college applications. As your senior wraps up their…
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“The Essay” has always been an important part of the application.  Admissions officers read application essays to find those who stand out in the crowd. This is especially true for Class ‘21.…
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